Oregon, Washington try out new potato varieties

07/28/2010 11:16:46 AM
Andy Nelson

Red potato production in Washington and Oregon will be up in 2010-11, Long said, though he wouldn’t know by how much until United finishes its mapping project of the states.

Good marketing and higher summer demand are among the factors driving the higher red production, he said.

“They’ve done a very good job advertising it, and it’s very attractive in a pack,” Long said. “And in the summer, with barbecues, reds tend to be used in potato salad more than russets.”

Higher production also was expected on some patented varieties such as klondike roses and other yellow-fleshed specialty spuds, Long said.

Many of those niche varieties are pre-sold and so don’t have an affect on f.o.b. prices, he said.

Yellows will maintain their position as the No. 2 variety after russets in Oregon in 2010-11, followed by reds, then other specialties, Brewer said.


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